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Andrew I. Alperstein

Andrew I. Alperstein

Andrew I. Alperstein

Alperstein & Diener P.A.

Criminal defense attorney Andrew I. Alperstein strives to help his clients in a holistic way, using careful planning to manage crises.

“Most of my clients are good people who have made bad choices,” Alperstein said.

He represented Eli Werdesheim pro bono in the Shomrim case, which involved a northwest Baltimore community watch member charged with assault. Alperstein ultimately was able to get probation before judgment and no conviction for his client and met his goal to keep everyone focused on the facts of the case even as thousands of protesters gathered.

Werdesheim is now studying at a top law school.

“It was a case that caused a great deal of attention and concern in some parts of the Baltimore community,” Alperstein said.

He has been on both sides of the courtroom, working for the first part of his career in the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office. Then, he joined the firm his father started and now works with his father and brother.

This summer, he completed seven years on the board of directors of the Baltimore Child Abuse Center.

“[The role of attorney in abuse cases] just felt very reactionary to me; you’re cleaning up the pieces after something horrific has happened,” Alperstein said. “I thought it was a nice way to give back to be a part of an organization that is focused on prevention, education and treatment after.”

Alperstein is a contributor at CNN and has given on-air analysis of the Freddie Gray case. He is the chairperson of the Baltimore County Circuit Court Judges Campaign Committee and is a member of the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney’s Association and the National Criminal Defense Attorneys Association.